Well, I've found there's more than one way to get exercise in! One of our Spark Members congratulated me for "thinking out of the box" LOL! I guess I was, in this case.
I had gotten bored with my daily exercise routine that I had also conveniently fallen out of. Oh who am I kidding... I fell off the exercise wagon and it ran over my "soon-to-be-big-again-if-I-was
n't-careful" butt! So as many of you know, if you try and just jump back in on the exercising and walking, you tend to get really sore... especially us Thyroid peeps. I was going through a medicine change and the previous medicine was accomplishing two thing: making me feel lousy and packing on the pounds so fast that I couldn't keep track. I was going to have to go back to the consignment store and tell them I needed my "Fat Clothes" back because of the weight gain, and that just wasn't an option that I was thrilled about. My muscles had become soooo sore from all the health problems, and I was facing that stupid mountain of pain and weight once again. So I thought "Well, I guess I'll sit in the Hot Tub and kinda relax and massage the muscles and then maybe go for a walk later." And I did. I walked for about a week around the neighborhood and gradually started getting my stamina up. I was once again making progress!! Still, the weight wasn't budging.
Then it hit me. While I was sitting in the Hot Tub I started just "bicycling" in the water. Then I remembered my water aerobics classes from years and years ago. I thought "I bet I can incorporate some of those movements in here, there's enough room!" So from that day on I did the following movements:
1) Bicycle: while sitting in the corner of the hot tub and supporting myself on the side grips on each side of the seat, I simply did slow bicycle movements keeping my tummy taught the whole time... not extremely fast movements or the water splashes out and I don't want to be a water-waster in a time where it's a very valuable commodity!! I LOVE our Hot Tub (it was our Anniversary present) and I want to be a good steward over it. When I first started doing these movements it was 100 (counting left leg as 1, 2, 3 etc. ) and today am up to 500!!
2) Jack-knifes: OMgoodness. The mother of all tummy workouts LOL!! I have never been able to do set-ups well. One reason is the scoliosis (spine twisting) that I have and the other is the 7 surgeries I've had in my life that cut through the stomach muscles... there's just not a lot of strength there. But Praise God the water helps in that area. Again I sat in the corner of the Hot Tub and used the seat grips on each side as support. Keeping my tummy taught I simply bend my legs and bring them up to my chest almost making a ball, then extended them out to the opposite side of the tub and arched my back a bit (concentrating the whole time on using my STOMACH muscles and NOT my BACK muscles). At first I could only do 2 sets of 25 of these because believe it or not, they're very intense. Today I was up to 100!!!
3) Side Leg Extensions: Again sitting in the same position of the tub and supporting myself slightly with the hand grips, I extend my legs out. Keeping my tummy taught I simply spread both legs out and them bring them back together. The first half of them I point my toes and the second half I flex my feet. It works different muscles both ways... the toning it accomplishes is amazing! The resistance of the water works to strengthen and tone the muscles. At first I did 2 sets of 25 and today I'm up to 100!!!
These are a real eye-opener for me. I didn't want to just sit there... I'm a mover and a shaker (and quite frankly I didn't like the way things were shaking body-wise... thus the reason I started this LOL).
The whole time I'm exercising, the jets are massaging my back and the heat is helping draw out toxins. It's honestly a great way to use such a wonderful tool like a Hot Tub. For those that have a pool, these can be done while using a Swim Noodle as a support under your arms, reclining back as if you're in a swim chair. Trust me... my legs toned up quick the last few summers when I was doing this.
Have a great rest of the Summer!!!